Buying a house, renovating and then selling it (called "buy to flip") can be one of the most rewarding investments for property investors…
You buy an old home for say R1 million, spend R250,000 on renovations and then sell it for R1.6 million or more.
Most investors believe the biggest secret behind a buy to flip is getting the best deal on materials for your renovation.
That's the b... ››› more
“Francois, our neighbour wants to sell his house. We'd like to build a little property nest egg of our own. Should we buy his property?”
That's a question I received from a family member over the holidays.
I'm sure you've been faced with a similar situation.
Looking at a property that's for sale and wondering whether it would be a good idea to buy it and get started with your very own... ››› more
When you first decide to invest in a property the excitement pumps you up. Your heart starts racing, you already see the cash rolling in…
But before your ambitions run away with your good judgement you should take a step back and evaluate whether the property you're looking to invest in will provide you with growth - or is it a cash-trap that'll suck your wallet dry.
What to look for in ... ››› more
I bought my first rental property at the age of 22. Luckily it turned out a great investment.
But since then I've learnt a lot.
Truth be told, there's a heap of things I wish someone had told me about when I first got started in property back then.
The time, the money it could've saved me... I sure as heck would have gone a lot further a lot faster if I'd had a clue about some things.
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Over the past six years I've worked with many estate agents looking to manage my rental properties. And whenever it took time to fill up an empty apartment they'd tell me “the market is slow this time of year”.
They weren't all lying to me. Considering the post-2008 property market it hasn't been smooth sailing for anyone.
South Africa's economy is struggling and people are finding it ha... ››› more
The JSE All Share Index is up 1% for the year so far.
The Top 40 index, representative of the most ‘stable' shares on our market is down a miserable 2.25% since 29 December 2015.
And our economy is struggling.
It's fair to say that 2016's been a tough year. Many companies are losing money (or at least making smaller profits), and very few shares are up.
But there are a select gro... ››› more
I was recently at a property auction. The developer of a complex had been liquidated and was left with 7 apartments that needed to be sold on auction.
Before the auction these properties were advertised for around R560,000. And there was not much interest in them.
Considering they could fetch around R5,200 in rental per month I hoped to pick one or two up for a bargain at the auction… ... ››› more
Right now there's a shift happening in the South African property investment space that's perfect if you're a property investor that wants to get your money into the rental property game.
Demand for buying property is falling quickly and more people are looking to rent property right now. This is because the weakening rand, banks tightening their lending criteria and the general increase in co... ››› more
Last week a property investors told me that: “Property in SA is too big a risk. New laws coming out soon will limit property ownership to two properties and there will be no foreign ownership allowed.”
Is this true? Should you up and sell your property right now, or is there hope left for the South African property sector?
The truth about new property laws – it’s not as bad as yo... ››› more
I've often argued the fact that renting property is the quickest way to throw your money away. Why would you rent, when you could buy?
When you buy a property, you're making a solid investment in your financial future. Not only do you have a place to live, your property value increases too. Once your bond is paid off, you could decide you keep your property or sell it for a pretty decent retur... ››› more
Property buyers have more negotiating power - Now is the perfect time to invest in property
In the last few years, investors buying residential property for investment purposes were struggling to negotiate the price of the properties down.
That's because higher property prices were giving sellers all the negotiating power.
But there's a shift of power happening in the markets right now.... ››› more
“Investing in property doesn't make money any more. I should rather sell everything and put my money in the bank.”
That's the words of a friend of mine, Jaco, whilst we spoke about property investing the other day.
Jaco owns a number of properties but feels that he's not making enough money from them to keep on bothering investing in property.
The thing is, after investigating the ... ››› more
Over the weekend I was speaking to a friend of mine. He just moved into a new area after switching jobs. While he's checking out the property in the area he's renting a property.
One of the issues he faced was a rental deposit - and this actually affected which property he chose to rent initially.
You see, because of tenants not paying rent, or damaging property many landlords have been fo... ››› more
Many investors are afraid of investing in property because they simply don't know how to get started and what to expect from their property investments.
The truth is investing in rental property is a great way to increase your monthly income and grow your long-term investment portfolio.
Today, let's look at three benefits of investing in property and why you should consider property rental... ››› more
Today's property prices are high and it's become near impossible to jump onto a property listing website and find a deal that's worth your time.
The best way to find under-priced property right now is at sheriff auctions.
But before you jump into action and race to the first sheriff auction to buy a property there's a number of things you need to consider first before you even consider buyin... ››› more
Igor Marinkovic is a self-made millionaire property investor who captivated the audience at the FSP Invest Symposium 2014.
But it's not his exotic name or thick Serbian accent that caught the attention of the delegates.
In fact, unlike the other speakers, he didn't even have a fancy PowerPoint presentation. He merely used two pages of a flip-chart paper to explain his simple, yet highly effe... ››› more
I made a grave mistake when selling my first property.
I had an apartment which was on the market for about six months. I wanted to sell it because it was underperforming the rest of my portfolio in terms of rental escalations. And due to certain changes in the neighbourhood it was in I didn't expect a recovery anytime soon.
So, when the tenant I had in the apartment made an offer to purc... ››› more
When I opened my emails this morning I received a message from Kel.
Kel wanted to know if I'm crazy. In short, I recently told you how Zuma plans to turn our property into his new cash cow.
There's the land valuation act as well as the new expropriation act that will be signed into law, and in combination these two pieces of law give the president, his ministers and government employees the ... ››› more
According to Stats SA 36,300 new houses was built in South Africa during 2015.
This has been part of a steady recovery since the 2008 crash.
But before you go out and buy the first best rental property you see first heed my warning…
You need to bring the interest rate risk into your equation
Looking at the vast bulk of property prices today it’s clear to me buyers simply aren’t re... ››› more
Sam attended my Forex 101 Workshop last year. On the day, I gave him a profitable Forex strategy I've used over the last 12 years. At the end of the workshop, Sam came to me with the stink eye. He didn't believe it was that easy to make money from the Forex markets. That night he went home with the sole goal to prove my strategy wrong. Last week I got an email from Sam with good news. He told me h... ››› more
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